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Blues and BBQ and Fort McAllister
Labor Day event is a first
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Folks across the country will be taking it easy this holiday weekend by breaking out the grill for backyard barbecues – and Bryan County is no different.
But instead of the typical backyard cookout, the Friends of Fort McAllister are holding the inaugural Fort McAllister Blues and BBQ Festival from 4 p.m. to dark Saturday at the fort.
But don’t wait until the afternoon to celebrate Labor Day – the festivities begin at 10 a.m. at the fort with Civil War demonstrations until 4 p.m.
See some of the trades necessary in keeping a Civil War fort in working order. The program includes cannon and musket firing demonstrations, as well as blacksmithing.
When the Labor Day demonstrations end, the Barbeque and Blues Festival, featuring live music from the Fundamentals, kicks off. Enjoy great food, listen to live music, try the “famous grease pole challenge” and have some great fun. Fireworks will light the sky around dusk.
Parking for the day is $5 and admission to the park for demonstrations is $4.50 for seniors, $5 for adults and $3.50 for children. During the festival that evening, plates of barbecue will be sold for $10, or $5 for a kid’s plate.
Fort McAllister State Historic Park is located on Ga. Spur 144 (Fort McAllister Road) east of Richmond Hill. From Interstate 95 exit 90, take Hwy. 144 east and look for the signs.
For more information or tickets, call 727-2339.
Other Labor Day events include a Family Picnic from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at J.F. Gregory Park in Richmond Hill.
Presented by the Savannah Regional Central Labor Council, the free event will include a dessert bake-off, water slides, a watermelon seed spitting contest and more.
For more information, or to participate in the dessert bake-off, contact Brett A. Hulme at or 507-8037.
And Fort Morris State Historic Site will hold its Labor Day Revolutionary War cannon demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the historic site in Midway.
Historically attired interpreters will present revolutionary war soldier talks, musket and cannon demonstrations.
The cost is $4 for adults, $3.50 for seniors, $2.75 for kids ages 6-18 and children 5 and under are free.
Bring a picnic lunch and make an afternoon of it.
For more information, contact site manager Arthur Edgar at (912) 884-5999 or

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